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    Thursday, March 26 2020
    Master Trooper, James Timothy

    Posted by: Clarke and Staples Funeral Homes AT 11:01 pm   |  Permalink   |  44 Comments  |  Email
    God Bless J T, he chose one of the best. To the McGhee family ,his best friend Major DJ Penland and family may the Lord watch over each of you
    Posted by Arthur/ Rosa Townsend on 03/28/2020 - 01:26 AM
    I am deeply saddened to hear of this. JT was a great guy and Trooper. He will be greatly missed. RIP JT. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
    Posted by David E Vaughan Sr on 03/28/2020 - 07:46 AM
    J.T. was one of the nicest men I ever met. He was always kind and professional. Rest In Peace my friend.
    Posted by Lynne Crisman on 03/28/2020 - 09:11 AM
    So sorry to hear this. Years ago, he lived on 13 th street in Vict, for a short time, across the alley from my mom on 12th Street. He was always do nice and we always chatted when we saw each other.
    Posted by J.B. Crenshaw on 03/28/2020 - 09:13 AM
    A fine fella.....
    Posted by John L Suggs on 03/28/2020 - 09:15 AM
    J T was always a perfect gentleman and such a pleasure to have known him. May God rest his soul. Deepest sympathy to his family. He was an excellent trooper and represented the Virginia State Police well
    Posted by Richard W Harris on 03/28/2020 - 09:16 AM
    My prayers go out for his family and to the DJ Penland family that was so close to his heart. JT, I will always remember the times when we worked together and how interesting you could make it.
    Posted by Joey Landry on 03/28/2020 - 09:34 AM
    Love and prayers from the Wade's !
    Posted by Tommie Wade on 03/28/2020 - 09:38 AM
    My deepest condolences to all family and friends. I will always remember that humble smile. The Respect he gave us all was beyond honorable. I'm proud to call him a friend. From one Ret.M/Tpr to another RIP JT💙🚓
    Posted by Jim Bavely on 03/28/2020 - 09:43 AM
    This man is a big part of why I decided to get into law enforcement. Great guy with lots of knowledge! JT you will be missed.
    Posted by Gregory T. Dix Jr. on 03/28/2020 - 10:26 AM
    Rest in Peace Sir: Prayers sent to the family 🙏🙏
    Posted by Lloyd Wayne Hogan on 03/28/2020 - 10:49 AM
    Rest in Peace Sir: Prayers sent to the family 🙏🙏
    Posted by Lloyd Wayne Hogan on 03/28/2020 - 10:52 AM
    Rest in Peace Sir: Prayers sent to the family 🙏🙏
    Posted by Lloyd Wayne Hogan on 03/28/2020 - 10:53 AM
    Such a sweet, gentle soul that is gone way too soon. I am so glad I got to know you when you would come see us in Special Procedures. Your family and friends and state police family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers
    Posted by Jaime Beard RN in Special Procedures at CMH on 03/28/2020 - 12:00 PM
    So sorry to hear about this. I hit a deer once and Mr. McGhee was the trooper who came to do the report. I was a nervous wreck. It was around 6:30 am. I was on way to get my daughter to school for an early field trip. I was worried she was going to be late. A family friend passed by and took her to school for me. Mr. McGhee arrived and asked for my license and told me to sit in his car. He looked at my license, looked at me and then said, "well, I've never seen this before in all my years." I could not imagine what was wrong. Nothing was wrong at all...we shared the same birthday. He thought that was cool. Nice man.
    Posted by Valerie Moody on 03/28/2020 - 12:03 PM
    I worked with JT in Area 22 from 2001-2005 and it was my pleasure to work with him. Miss you JT!
    Posted by Shawn Gobble on 03/28/2020 - 12:32 PM
    RIP my Brother. Prayers for the family both blood and blue.
    Posted by Swanson Younger on 03/28/2020 - 12:54 PM
    J T was always a pleasure to be around. He was great person
    Posted by Rosser Wells on 03/28/2020 - 01:47 PM
    He will be missed Mr McGhee use to stop by my office and we talked about our dogs springer spaniel.Always a joy to see him
    Posted by Diane Johnson on 03/28/2020 - 05:46 PM
    Trooper McGhee's family is in out thoughts and prayers. RIP our Brother.
    Posted by Sheriff Tony Epps Prince Edward County on 03/28/2020 - 06:44 PM
    Trooper McGhee's family is in out thoughts and prayers. RIP our Brother.
    Posted by Sheriff Tony Epps Prince Edward County on 03/28/2020 - 06:45 PM
    JT I will miss you brother. Semper FI
    Posted by Dale Sturdifen on 03/28/2020 - 07:00 PM
    JT was a great friend and a great co-worker. He could always make you laugh and was always willing to help out. He was also blessed to have DJ Penland and family as his friends. Rest in peace buddy. You will be missed!!
    Posted by Greg Hamlett on 03/28/2020 - 07:53 PM
    JT was a wonderful man I so enjoyed working with him all his State Police years. He will truly be missed.
    Posted by Shelly Bryant on 03/28/2020 - 08:19 PM
    i will miss you cousin. You always looked after me when I was little. You were a wonderful person, fabulous friend and a great son. Many times you were expected to take on more than any person should have ever had to take on with his family. I know you are in heaven with your family, I know Libby is thrilled to see you. Mittie Ann and Leslie I'm sure greeted you at the gates. I'm so sorry I couldn't have been there more for you. I always prayed and wished life's best for you. You will forever be in my heart.
    Posted by Stephanie Sheron on 03/28/2020 - 09:05 PM
    Sorry to hear of JT's passing, I worked with him sometimes and always found him kind and personable to everyone. Always enjoyed our conversations.Rest in peace friend and prayers to the family and all who knew JT.
    Posted by Dennis Evans on 03/28/2020 - 09:55 PM
    Prayers for the Family. May you find peace at this time. We love you!
    Posted by Peter and Joanna Haas and girks on 03/29/2020 - 03:33 AM
    Sincerest condolences. I enjoyed knowing and working with J.T.for several years. Great guy.
    Posted by Master Tpr Ret James D. Gregory Sr. on 03/29/2020 - 06:17 AM
    Tim was my best friend when we were elementary school. We went through school together and lived in Woodberry Hills. I helped Tim cut the church grass. I've often thought of Tim. I am so sorry !
    Posted by Tony Powell on 03/29/2020 - 06:54 AM
    My brother, David Kenerley, and I are very sadden with the loss of Tim. We grew up with Tim and Sue, attending the same church where his father was pastor. We have wonderful childhood memories of them all. I'm sure James, Juanita, Sue, and Libby were there to greet him in heaven.
    Posted by Kathy Murphy on 03/29/2020 - 09:34 AM
    Loyal friend, great son, and a role model for all; my best friend during trying times. I was always welcomed into his home by his parents, who were truly special. He will be missed; however, to live in the hearts of those left behind, is to live forever. Smile because he lived a good life and touched many others.
    Posted by David Kenerley on 03/29/2020 - 10:43 AM
    It was my pleasure joking with you and seeing you on occasions, thanks for the warning and lecture I was given for that speeding. I will always remember you and our work relations. Fly High JT...Rest in Paradise!!!
    Posted by Debra Smith on 03/29/2020 - 10:45 AM
    Rest in peace JT. We will miss you brother.
    Posted by Michael Elliott on 03/29/2020 - 12:05 PM
    Dearest family of Tim McGhee, My heartfelt sympathy is with all of you in the great loss of this dear sweet soul. I have known his whole family for many years at Woodberry Baptist Church and called Sam McGhee, his sister, one of my dearest friends. He was one of the most caring, humble and thoughtful people on this earth. I know he will be so very much missed by his nephews and nieces. Please know that my prayers are with all of you and that your treasured memories will take you through those difficult times. Love, Sandra Forbes Marsh
    Posted by Sandra Forbes Marsh on 03/29/2020 - 12:30 PM
    Prayers and condolences to JT's family and friends. I first met him when I dispatched at the South Hill Police Dept many years ago and I got to see him again before he retired in court as an ACA. He was kind and fair and always willing to lend a hand. He had the most wonderful smile and laugh. I looked forward to seeing him because I always felt better after being around him. He is at peace now but the light he brought to those around him will be greatly missed.Fly high JT.
    Posted by Rhonda Alexander on 03/29/2020 - 12:34 PM
    I worked with JT in my first few years with the Va State Police. Always enjoyed working and talking with JT. Rest in Peace JT.
    Posted by Patrick Meade on 03/29/2020 - 02:42 PM
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our heart felt prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. May God bless you.
    Posted by Terry and Ramona Scott on 03/29/2020 - 06:45 PM
    God Bless you Cousin. I served with Tim in the Marine Corps. We both were stationed at Twenty-Nine Palms in 1986 at the Marine Air/Ground Combat Center. Tim was able to meet his West Coast relatives and made a wonderfully lasting impression. I always looked up to him and admired the way he carried himself. Nothing phased him. He will be greatly missed.
    Posted by James Lamb on 03/29/2020 - 06:56 PM
    I worked w JT several years when I was a Kenbridge Officer. He was a good friend. We rode bikes and worked out for exercise frequently together. He was a straight up great American Patriot!
    Posted by Johnny Burch on 03/30/2020 - 05:23 PM
    Rest with loving Peace Trooper! Thank you for your service to our Commonwealth and our great republic!
    Posted by Dr. Robert Harness on 03/31/2020 - 04:32 AM
    JT was the consummate law enforcement professional. I was a judge for 21 years dealing with motor vehicle violations and JT always presented appropriately and from time to time sought help for the violator. He will surely be missed and I hope the example he set will survive for years to come. And to top that off, he and I were Duke basketball fans. My condolences to his family.
    Posted by Charles Warren on 03/31/2020 - 03:22 PM
    Our condolences to the McGhee family in the passing of Tim who was highly respected by the public that he served and his associates with the state police. He will be fondly remembered by all who came to know him over the years. Very Sincerely Bill & Cheryl Corvello
    Posted by wm. f. corvello on 04/01/2020 - 11:24 AM
    We both had the privilege of knowing and working with J.T. We were saddened to hear of his passing. Our sympathy to his family.
    Posted by Jerry and Susan Barbour on 04/06/2020 - 08:49 AM
    Prayers for your family and friends. Thank you for your service.
    Posted by Greg and Melanie Currin on 04/09/2020 - 01:41 PM

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    Master Trooper, James Timothy “JT” McGhee, 64, of Victoria, Va. died March 26, 2020. He had been in declining health for several years. Born October 27, 1955 in Danville, Va. the son of the late Rev. James M. McGhee and Helen Lamb McGhee. JT was a graduate of Averett College, he served in the US Marine Corp and retired as Master Trooper for the Virginia State Police in 2019. He is survived by three nephews, Ben Bartell and Eli Bartell both of Danville, Va. and Sam Bartell of Fayettville, Nc; three nieces, Robin Bartell, Cathy Iraheta and Mollie Worsham all of Danville, Va; 2 great nephews, Miguel Iraheta and Connor Bartell.

    Per JT’s request services will be private. The family would like to thank DJ and Melissa Penland for all of their love and support to JT. Please consider memorial donations to the Virginia State Police Association, 6944 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23225 Online condolences may be made at

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